Estonia Independence Day History
Independence Day in Estonia celebrates Estonia's official and public proclamation of independence. On 24 February 1918, the Maapaev, a six-member Provisional National Council, elected a three-person Salvation Committee, the Paastekomitee. This Salvation Committee drafter a declaration of independence, later approved by the Provisional Council and publicly declared. Following the declaration, Estonia was then forced to fight for its independence against Soviet Russia and German forces, a war which was eventually won and commemorated as Victory Day.
Independence Day in Estonia is celebrated annually on 24 February. While under Soviet occupation, the holiday was suspended but then was later restored on the Day of Restoration of Independence in 1991.
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